City Councilwoman Donna Frye said she had summoned members of the city staff to participate in a natural resource committee meeting tomorrow to discuss a mandatory recycling ordinance.

At an early afternoon press conference, Frye said the city charter gave her the right to issue a summons to demand that city staff appear to discuss recycling. The Mayor’s Office said in a Friday memo that staff would not attend the meeting. The committee is scheduled to talk about a recycling ordinance that City Attorney Mike Aguirre proposed in April.

“You do not have a choice,” Frye said. “You must show up. Otherwise one branch of government could essentially shut down the other branch, and that’s not how it’s supposed to work.”

Fred Sainz, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders, said city staff would attend tomorrow’s meeting but would not be prepared to discuss recycling “in a substantive way.” Sainz said the Mayor’s Office will talk about recycling with the council in September.

“It’s just a question of when we come,” Sainz said. “We’re more than happy to come. This is not an issue that should divide us. This is merely a question of chronology and workload. The mayor determines what his staff’s workload is, not a councilmember.”

At a press conference, Sanders said his staff had still not seen Aguirre’s proposal, which was released three months ago. The mayor has previously said he does not support a mandatory recycling program because of its costs, though the city has not released any formal cost analysis.

Sainz said the Mayor’s Office will evaluate mandatory recycling when it releases its recycling proposal in September.

“Everything is on the table and being considered,” Sainz said. “It will be a holistic approach.”


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